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Right here Are The Finalists For The 2023 US Espresso Championships


What a wild two days it has been so far in Portland, host of the SCA Expo and with it the US Espresso Championships. Practically 200 opponents have already competed on Friday and Saturday throughout six completely different disciplines: Barista Championship, Brewers Cup, Espresso in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, Latte Artwork, and Roasters Championship. However that listing has been closely edited and we are actually down to simply the final 32, the six Finalists every for Barista, Brewers, CIGS, and Latte Artwork together with the eight for Cup Tasters Semi-Finalists (Roasters doesn’t have a Finals spherical).

We’ve been whipping throughout the Oregon Conference Heart, bouncing forwards and backwards between levels to take a look at the various completely different sorts of espresso motion which might be going down, and so they have been severe. It’s been intense and enjoyable and surprising and thought-provoking and foolish. There have been thrills and there have been spills. Moments have made us go awwww and moments that made us go huh!? It has been, briefly, precisely what we’ve come to anticipate out of this degree of competitors.

And there’s nonetheless a bit of extra to go. Now’s the time for the Finalists to turns the screws on their routines just a bit bit tighter. With only one extra routine to go for every, there’s one final likelihood for these opponents to make their case for his or her respective crowns. It’s going to be large, so keep tuned.

Listed here are the Finalists for the 2023 US Espresso Championships!

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Barista Championship

Juan Diaz (he/him), KWC, Orlando, FL
Isaiah Sheese (he/him), Archetype Espresso, Omaha, NE
Reef Bessette (he/him), The Espresso Motion, San Francisco, CA
Frank La (he/him), Be Brilliant Espresso, Los Angeles, CA
Dakota Graff (he/him), Onyx Espresso Lab, Rogers, AR
Morgan Eckroth (she/they), Onyx Espresso Lab, Portland, OR

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Brewers Cup

Jesus Iniquez (he/him), Archetype Espresso, Omaha, NE
Wenbo Yang (he/him), Unbiased, Vancouver, WA
Max Phills (they/them), Loveless Espresso, Brooklyn, NY
Daniel Teplitz (he/him), Klatch Espresso, Los Angeles, CA
Weihong Zhang (he/him), Blendin Espresso Lab, Houston, TX
Elika Liftee (he/him), Onyx Espresso Lab, Rogers, AR

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Espresso in Good Spirits

Sam Schraeder (he/him), Olympia Espresso, Olympia, WA
Edwin Gorritz (he/him), Barista Squared, Orlando, FL
Linea True (she/her), Boxcar Espresso Roasters, Arvada, CO
Natasha Solowoniuk (she/her), Caffe Vita, Seattle, WA
Mo Koolphanich (she/her), Slipstream, DC, Arlington, VA
Kyle Hamlin (he/him), Jubala Espresso, Raleigh, NC

Cup Tasters (Semi-Finals)

Jake Donaghy (he/him), Olympia Espresso Roasting, Olympia, WA
Tom Bomford (he/him), Black Fox Espresso, New York, NY
Andy Sprenger (he/him), Candy Bloom Espresso Roasters, Lakewood, CO
Steve Cuevas (he/him), Black Oak Espresso Roasters, Ukiah, CA
Andrew Shelley (he/him), Brio Coffeeworks, Burlington, VT
Helen Choi (she/her), Luce Espresso Roasters, Houston, TX
Mehmet Sogan (he/him), Memli Espresso, San Diego, CA
Inwook Park (he/him), Fairwave Espresso Collective, Kansas Metropolis, KS

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Picture by Matthew Temple for the SCA, used with permission

Latte Artwork

Wenbo Yang (he/him), Artly Espresso, Portland, OR
Julie Patadia (she/they), Espresso Mission NY, New York, NY
Abdul Qader Dali (he/him), Dali Espresso, Arlington, VA
Truc Ngo (she/her), IO Coffea, Los Angeles, CA
Piyapat Lapteerawaut (he/him), Espresso Mission NY, New York, NY
Camilo Sanchez Gomez (he/him), Nativus/Purple Home, Newark, NJ

Congratulations to all of the Finalists!





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